UK telecoms firm O2 is hoping to attract small businesses by offering up to six months free internet access for companies signing up for its broadband and landline service before the end of March.
Dubbed "Flying Start", the offer applies to UK businesses with up to 2,000 employees, and provides existing mobile customers with three to six months free line rental and broadband access, while newcomers can claim three months free.
With 80 per cent of workers in the UK employed in businesses of between 10 and 50 people, O2 clearly sees an opportunity to get its foot in the door with small companies.
But there is always a catch with tempting offers, and this one requires interested parties to sign up for a minimum 24-month contract. Customers will also be billed for call charges.
Nevertheless, any way that businesses can lower their costs is likely to be appreciated given the current economic climate.
"By providing free access to fixed line and broadband, we're hoping to help British business and go some way towards lowering their costs this year," said Claire Darley, head of small business sales at O2.
Eligible O2 business customers that have a fixed line contract with O2 can also take advantage of the broadband offer, the firm said.
O2 also said it is helping small businesses by offering companies with 10 employees or more their own business advisor, while O2 business customers can make unlimited calls to O2 mobiles from their mobile phone.
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